Here is a copy of a letter I just sent in to Zach via the Blazers' fanmail addy:
I know it's not much, but I feel strongly that Zach could use some encouragement right now. Feel free to post your own encouraging words to Zach in this thread. I have a feeling they might be read (and appreciated).Dear Zach,
I'm terribly sorry to hear that you weren't selected to appear in this year's All-Star game. By all rights, you should have been. And I understand the disappointment you must feel about it.
But it's not a reflection on your personal performance (which has been outstanding going back to last season). If anything, it's a reflection on the negative image all the incidents - both on and off the court - over the past few years have brought upon the team.
So don't let it bring you down, dude. Use it as motivation to continue to push yourself - and your team-mates - to be the best players and representatives of NBA basketball that you can be, both on and off the court. And when you and/or one or more of your team-mates finally gets there, the accomplishment will be all the sweeter for everything you've had to do - all the obstacles you've had to overcome - to reach it.
You're an All-Star to us, Zach. And someday the rest of the NBA won't have any choice but to acknowledge that fact as well. Keep it rolling.